I’m often surprised by how hard we judge each other based on our food choices! As soon as someone makes a choice to eat healthily or go sugar free, gluten free or make any other kind of health related choice, this person is either on a diet, fanatic or suffers from orthorectic eating behaviour (you know, that new eating disorder where the slightest deviation from the strict health plan can give anxiety or other serious symptoms). Mon Dieu! I do not recognize myself in any of these behaviors and if we lowered the rhetoric a bit, I’m sure we could all agree that there must necessarily also be people who just choose to eat healthily without any of these negative consequences. And also, that health is still an individual matter that we really don’t have to defend to anyone.
I’m often asked to defend all kinds of things about my diet and my health. And I’m okay with doing that but sometimes I find it extremely tiring. It’s my food, for crying out loud! Not my identity – even though those two are often mixed up. I never ever ask other people to defend their food choices to me. If we know each other well, I might ask questions out of curiosity but always without judgement. And I would never ever in a million years comment on other people’s plates. Not my plate – not my business!
LESS STOMACH ACHE AND LESS SUGAR CRAVINGS
My personal choices about my diet revolves around feeling well. When I eat good, I feel good. It is that simple! My stomach often leads the way. My quality of life is strongly reduced when my stomach aches.
I also feel better when I don’t crave sugar all the time. I find it exhausting to have this constant inner dialogue about whether I should eat sugar or not. So I don’t eat sugar. It’s a personal choice. When I’m abstinent from sugar, it’s like I forget about its existence. It’s liberating and I really enjoy that.
The funny thing is that people often feel provoked when I say I don’t eat sugar or gluten but no one has ever raised an eye brow over the fact that I don’t eat quinoa!
My choices are not about weight or being on a diet or following strict rules or food anxiety. It’s about feeling good. Of course I’m happy I don’t have a weight issue but it’s not the starting point of the food I eat. I eat the food I like and that makes me feel my best. My diet is inspired by LCHF – Low Carb High Fat – but as you know, I’m not the strictest of low carbers. Because I don’t have to be. And really, I don’t care what kind of label we put on my diet. We can just call it food. I eat real food. Really good food, actually!